For Kelsie’s birthday this year she told me she wanted a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. I said, ok, but I’m going to make you the best chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting! She responded, “of course it will be the best, because your making it.” Melt my heart, she’s the sweetest ever. I had a chocolate cake recipe that I had been meaning to use forever.

It was stuffed into a Rumford Cookbook that belonged to my grandmother. It was torn out from a magazine, without any real source of where it came from. I don’t ever remember my grandmother actually making it, but of course she could have, but I just never was lucky enough to eat a slice. After making it, I decided that it was going to be my go to chocolate cake recipe, because it really turned out perfect. Everybody needs one of those tried and true cake recipes, chocolate or vanilla.

Then there is the peanut butter frosting, oh man, this peanut butter frosting is amazing. It’s creamy and sweet, but not too sweet, and it compliments this rich chocolate cake without being overly sweet. It was truly a perfect combo. Of course we already know that peanut butter and chocolate pair well together, look at those peanut butter cups after all!


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk maybe a bit more
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 2 - 8 inch round baking pans.
  3. Dust with cocoa powder, and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together your oil and sugar.
  5. .............................

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